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Fri
29
May

Alderman Will Not Support Medical Marijuana Dispensary Ahead Of Zoning Vote

A proposal to put a medical marijuana clinic in Norwood Park is heading to the city council this week but the local alderman is balking.

Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st) told a DNAinfo reporter that his community has not had enough time to consider the proposal, which would place a Union Group of Illinois dispensary in a vacant storefront at 6428-30 N. Milwaukee Ave. He said there had only been one community meeting held regarding the proposal, and that most of the residents who attended that meeting opposed the plan.

Fri
29
May

Louisiana: Gov. Bobby Jindal says he'll sign medical marijuana, pot penalties legislation

Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday said he plans to sign legislation that would change the state's medical marijuana laws and soften penalties for marijuana offenders.

There are three bills moving through the state legislature affecting Louisiana's marijuana laws. Two of them (SB 241) and (HB 149), which are nearly identical, would reduce the tough sentences judges are allowed to hand down for repeat marijuana offenses; reduce a second marijuana offense from felony to misdemeanor; and allow first-time convictions for simple possession to be erased after two years.

The bills also set up a simple possession charge for smaller amounts of marijuana and more serious charges that can be brought for larger amounts of marijuana that drug dealers and distributors typically possess.

Fri
29
May

Belgian Cannabis Social Club Mambo has high hopes for appeal case

Cannabis Social Clubs are the solution, not the problem.

HASSELT, BELGIUM¬†‚Äď On Thursday May 28th, the appeal in the case against Mambo Social Club will be held in¬†the court of Antwerp. Mambo is the second Cannabis Social Club in Belgium and was sentenced by¬†the Court of First Instance last year, for cultivation and possession of cannabis. President and¬†founder of Mambo Social Club, Michel Degens, expects a positive outcome: ‚ÄúCannabis Social Clubs offer a safe¬†alternative to adult consumers who don‚Äôt want to buy cannabis on the black market. It‚Äôs a non-profit model of cannabis production and distribution that promotes health, safety and¬†responsibility. Cannabis Social Clubs¬†are the solution, not the problem.‚ÄĚ

 

Fri
29
May

UK: The government just banned everything

Banned: Substances will now be guilty until proven innocent

Even by the standards of modern legislation, the psychoactive substances bill is startlingly inane. It seems to ban any substance which can cause a mental or emotional reaction. As must be obvious, that's almost everything in the world. Did this taste remind you of your mother's cooking? It's a psychoactive substance. Did it bring you a moment of happiness? It's a psychoactive substance. The government is about to ban almost everything.

This is not, to be fair, the legislation. This is just the advert. But the description of the bill in the Queen's Speech is troubling enough.

Fri
29
May

Feds Tell Their Employees To Stay Away From Marijuana, Even In States That Have Legalized

The federal government wants to be clear with its federal employees that might live in states that have reformed their marijuana laws: Marijuana remains illegal, so don't use it.

Fri
29
May

Anti-Legalization Group Calls For Medical Marijuana Research Overhaul

In a groundbreaking move for a group of its kind, a leading organization opposed to marijuana legalization released a report Thursday that seeks a major overhaul of marijuana research in the United States, calling on the federal government to recognize the medical value of cannabis.

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.), co-founder of Smart Approaches to Marijuana, called his group's research recommendations a "third way," positioning them between the concepts of legalization -- which the group continues to oppose -- and full prohibition, on a call Thursday.

Thu
28
May

Councillor’s cannabis law re-think call

 

A Lisburn councillor believes cannabis should be legalised and his call seems to have gained support from many people in the city.

Following the legalisation of marijuana in the United States, NI21 Councillor Johnny McCarthy said now is the time for Northern Ireland to reconsider its current drug laws.

In recent months, a number of defendants have appeared in Lisburn Magistrates Court to face charges of possession of drugs. Some claimed they are using the cannabis for medical reasons, to ease pain and relief symptoms of chronic illnesses and they have been strongly supported by comments on the Star’s Facebook page.

 

Thu
28
May

Queen's Speech 2015: 'Legal Highs' Banned Under New Bill Covering 'New Generation Of Psychoactive Drugs'

The Queen has announced the government's plan to ban so-called 'legal highs', the new wave of untested recreational drugs springing up in the UK.

A new Bill announced by Her Majesty in The Queen's Speech 2015 will ban the drugs popularly known as "legal highs", with a blanket ban on anyone producing or supplying them.

At the state opening of Parliament today, The Queen said that new legislation would "ban the new generation of psychoactive drugs".

Thu
28
May

Man who blew marijuana smoke into pet chameleon's mouth is acquitted of animal cruelty

An Illinois judge has acquitted a man of animal cruelty charges filed after the man uploaded a video of himself smoking marijuana with a chameleon to Facebook, according to local media.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) complained over the video Bruce Blunt uploaded of himself smoking marijuana with the chameleon Binna in 2015, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Thu
28
May

Australia: NEW SOUTH WALES GREENS PUSH TO BAN SNIFFER DOGS

The New South Wales Greens will introduce a bill to parliament calling for a ban on sniffer dog operations across the state, describing the current approach as wasteful, dangerous and ineffective. 

Member for Newtown in Sydney's inner-west Jenny Leong and Greens MP David Shoebridge were joined at today's bill announcement by Australian producer Paul Mac and Dan McNamee of Art vs Science, who last year called for a ban at Splendour In The Grass to reduce overdose-related hospitalisations. 

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